Grateful Dead Live at Kresge Plaza, M.I.T. on 1970-05-06
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Subject: Come on now they are Dancin...
This was always in my box of 10 tapes up in the front seat. If you can feel vibes this is a very vibe heavy show.
Long live the Grateful Dead!
Subject: Ned Lagin
Subject: I WAS THERE
Subject: 40 years ago
Subject: Easily one of the top 10 greatest shows
I have no idea what the band was on but the level of intensity and creativity on display in this show (of perfect length, without a single dull spot) is astounding.
The Morning Dew blooms like shrooms in May without a hint of over-ripeness. Casey Jones is stone perfect.
The version of Dancin' is molten gold with Phil Lesh unleashing some riffs that are so devastatingly perfect that after hearing this version you will imagine those riffs every time you hear the song -- and every other version will somehow seem lacking afterward (kind of like how the 9/18/74 version of To Lay Me Down renders every other electric version irrelevent).
And the NFA -- holy crap -- at its peak the Dead sound more like Ash Ra Tempel or Tago Mago-era Can than any American band of the time except perhaps the Stooges or the MC5.
Am I getting my point across here? This is not an ordinary Dead show. Even the version of Next Time You See Me is transcendent.
Do not believe the reviewers here who claim the next nite is better: they are wrong.
END THE WAR NOW
/40 year anniversary of this remarkable performance is approaching. As of this review we are still bombing the shxt out of Afghanistan? Music is love is the Grateful Dead 5/6/70.
It makes my humpty dumpty ...
But really ... I know very little
Except that the boyz take me into love
Go figure ....
Subject: 4.7 StarShow
Keep in perspective, it was frigid on the stone cold steps of our Student Center as they performed FREE, broadcast over campus radio, to protest EMPIRE.
Empire still rears its ugly head.
I give this ONE STAR to draw attention to how totally contrary to the Dead's philosophy and mission it is this FREE GIFT to US is not available for download. DOWN with Empire,
May the Kingdom reign Forever. PEACE BE WITH YOU
PS It was Owsley's koolaid that blew the roof off the armory the following night.
Subject: hey im frank
Subject: Smoking show...
Everyone sounds 'on' and up for it...awesome!!
Subject: broken stream
Subject: i want to listen
Subject: oohhh ya man
Subject: Missed this was at the next nights show
Yes Id say so
College kids getting shot dead did not play well in Boston - Cambridge
Just stumbled upon this show
Only took 38 years
Subject: First boot leg CD Purchase
Subject: guitar sound
what a fuckin monster sound-----
what a monster band
clear concise and outta their skulls
Subject: Good enough to lie to public radio for.
The jam in Dancin' is otherworldly. As a previous reviewer noted, it will supercede any other version as the new definitive. China Cat is blistering. Next Time You See Me has great dual lead vocals with Pigpen and Jerry. Great Morning Dew. Just a great, great, great show, which was a FREE show to boot. Wow!
Subject: Hey Frank!
Subject: great stuff!
As has been mentioned, the Dancin' is truly the jem. The jam takes me to new, far away places every time I listen to it. I do believe that there is even an embryonic Eyes of the World riff in there...at around 13:12 or so....developing in the back of Garcia's mind perhaps. ;-)
And yes, whatever happened to that lost little kid named Frank?.......who luckily was in good hands. LOL...
Subject: consistantly solid
the band was really together tonight, as mentioned, phil and jerry had IT, i thought the percussion was really great too.
enjoy this 1970 GEM!!!
Subject: What A Show
Subject: Definite Gem
A great China Rider that develops slowly and beautifully into a tight groove follows, and the Morning Dew is as emotional as it gets. It brings tears to my eyes when Jerry hits that last "I guess it doesn't matter....."
Lastly, hilarious stage chatter abounds. Pigpen's raucous reuqest for a new mike, Bobby lamenting the cold, and Phil's genuine thanks are jewels. What do you think ever happened to that lost little kid named Frank?
Subject: Phil and Jerry's Firey Dance and Mourn-ing Dew
One of the qualities, I think we all agree, that makes the Dead so distincitive is Phil's bass playing -- the way Phil himself drives improvisation, by, in many ways, playing his bases as much like a lead guitar (a lead bass?) as a traditional time and rhythm-keeping bass guitar. Equally amazing is Jerry's response to Phil and vice versa -- i.e. the way the two play off each other, drive each other, and fire each other up. In many shows (this one included), the Phil-Jerry interplay alone drives the band into wonderous places on amazing musical and improvisational journeys. This show is neither the only great example of such interplay nor, perhaps, the all-around best show of an amazing year, 1970. But Phil and Jerry are tuned furiously into each other here and the results in "Dancin'" and "Good Lovin'" are spectacular! I haven't listened to 6/8/69, but this is the best "Dancin'" I've ever heard, and I'm a fan the 69-71 vintage of the song. It is sublime and intense. It gives me chills.
This show has an intensity and edge that I'd like to think emerge from the cold outdoor University setting that was brimming with tension a few days after Kent State. Great comment from the reviewer who listens to this "Morning Dew" through the context of Kent State and the shock waves it sent. It is an intense almost elegaic dew -- maybe not one of the greatest -- but it has a vibe and atmosphere you can drink. Might we call it "Mourning Dew"?
Overall the rest of the show is strong 1970 stuff, and the sound for me is fine. Get this one; it's super and has an intensity and perhaps a real historical relevance, considering Kent State, the Peace movement etc....
Subject: 1970 Dead
Subject: May 6, 1970
Subject: To 10 !!!
Subject: It was a great show!
For the record, the outdoor show has been titled "MIghTy Dead", and was a free show to support the strike against Nixon's invasion of Cambodia, and Kent State killing.
Subject: another gem
Subject: not your average show !
Subject: Excellent little artifact.
To the reviewer directly below me, I suggest that you go to 6/8/69 for a definitive Dancin'. If you thought that this Dancin' was a mind-blower, strap in your seat belts for 6/8/69. It has the best Dancin' ever, IMO.
Subject: Cain is able
Subject: Cain is able
Subject: Good Lovin' - St. Stephen-Not Fade Away
(it also features the inimitable, unsinkable Ron McKernan, who is only too glad to inform us at the outset that "this microphone over here don't work so f--kin' good you guys")
After the the "One man gathers" verse in St. Stephen, they head right into Not Fade Away, as all set lists appear to indicate. But, after several lines, Garcia restates the St. Stephen theme, jams brillantly off of it, and then heads back to the next verse.
Then, back on schedule, the answer to the answer man is: Not Fade Away. At the 3:30 mark, Garcia sets off on a remarkable journey, leaving a trail marked by memorable melodic phrases and motifs (e.g. dig his pause for bossa nova-like interlude at 5:19). At 7:25 he is still pulling melodic phrases from god knows where. At 8:30 he comes up with yet another one. At 9:38 he suggests with 3-4 notes that they return to the tune at large. Out of the wings comes Mr. Pen for a nice vocal duel with Weir:
Weir: "Not Fade Away"
Pen: "Cain't Fade a-WAY!)
All this while playing outdoors in unseasonable 40 degree weather. Nothing like the cold to concentrate the mind....
Subject: Decent but no standout